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Rutgers Master Gardener Program

Rutgers Master Gardeners are unique group of volunteers trained in horticulture by Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel to provide outreach programs to home gardeners in their community.

What do we do? These volunteers learn about horticulture, provide community and university services, and enjoy the company of other like-minded volunteers.

Where do we work? Through opportunities in and through the Somerset County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the existing Master Gardener program, newly trained volunteers return 100 hours within 18 months of completing their training to becomeCertified Rutgers Master Gardeners. To remain certified and active in the program, volunteers return 25 hours annually while also attending 10 hours of continuing education each year.

Community service includes such areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Speaker's Bureau, Horticultural Therapy, Public Outreach Events, and many others.

University service includes volunteering in agriculture and horticulture research at various university-held properties.

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Contact the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County Helpline:
Phone icon.908-526-6293, ext. 3 (March - October, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 12 Noon)
Email (Year-Round)

Cooperative Extension of Somerset County